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“No structure, no plan, no effort” – Leeds Rhinos fans hammer ‘pathetic’ performance against Leigh Leopards as playoff hopes dwindle

Leeds Rhinos fell to defeat against Leigh Leopards at Headingley today and with that loss paired with Hull FC’s large win over Wakefield Trinity, it could now spell the end to any playoff ambitions for the Rhinos.

The Rhinos sit four points outside of the top six with just twelve points available to play for meaning for Rohan Smith’s side to force their way into that top six then they’ll have to either win out or win at least five of those six games.

Leeds went behind just after the 20 minute mark when Edwin Ipape darted over from scrum half however Jarrod O’Connor then did the same and replied for Leeds before the half, sending the home side into the sheds 6-4 up.

Early in the second half Leeds lost their prop Justin Sangare and to make matters worse just minutes later Tom Amone crashed over to put the Leopards back in front and then Ben Reynolds added a penalty, making the score 12-6.

O’Connor thought he had his second in a similar instance but after Marcus Griffiths sent it to the video referee then it looked like the ball had been knocked loose and dropped, a superb effort from Leigh’s Jack Hughes.

The misery and disappointment of that try being denied was then compounded when Gareth O’Brien knocked over a drop goal with just six minutes left to put the game beyond the hands of the Rhinos at 13-6.

It’s a loss that leaves Rohan Smith’s men four points outside the top six with one fan labelling it a pathetic performance from top to bottom.

Many felt it was far too easy for Leigh, but also a reflection of how far the club have dropped from their days on top of Super League.

The loss of Austin was referenced by some as well.

One fan joked that the club would resurrect the faith of fans by offering cut price merchandise with the season ‘over’.

A sentiment shared by another.

Others spoke on the decline of the Rhinos.

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